In March 2023, SMU Libraries uploaded 646 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:
211 postcards, ca. 1905-1950, from the John Miller Morris Real Photographic Postcards and Photographs of Texas collection. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Grant Number LS-252486-OLS-22). (2023). These photographs, which were taken throughout Texas, feature images from Atascosa, Bexar, Cameron, Comal, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Kinney, Starr, and Willacy Counties. Among the images are photographs of the Alamo and missions in San Antonio, the aftermath of a railroad roundhouse explosion, parades and marching bands, and several military bases.
25 additional items (24 individual postcards and a full .pdf) of Folding Postcard, San Antonio, Tex., also from the John Miller Morris Real Photographic Postcards and Photographs of Texas collection. Highlights include views of the Alamo and its plaza and an image of ostriches on an ostrich farm.
6 interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Nia Kamau, Abena Marfo, Andrea Nguyen, Sriya Reddy, Yusef Seevers, and Carmen Smith, are part of the Voices of SMU project.
23 oral history transcript excerpts, 1970s, from the Ronald L. Davis Oral History Collection. The interviewees are from all branches of the performing arts, but emphasis is on motion pictures and popular music. Many interviewees give detailed accounts of personal experience and reflections from their professional career. Highlights include excerpts from interviews with Rudy Vallée; Harold Minsky; Joel Grey; and Pandro S. Berman.
2 county scrip notes and 2 private scrip notes, ca. 1862-1875, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency collection. These notes were issued in Bexar, Galveston, Lavaca, and Red River Counties. Two of the notes are county scrip issued in Confederate currency during the U.S. Civil War. One of the private scrip notes was issued in the same era, and the other dates to 1875 during the Reconstruction period. Of interest is a note from a Galveston private business college’s bank.
206 stereographs, ca. 1861-1865, by E & H.T. Anthony from the Jack and Beverly Wilgus History of Photography Collection. These stereographs depict a number of noteworthy locations important to the Civil War, including forts, battlefields, and prisons. Also featured are a series of stereographs taken at the Grand Review of the Armies, a military parade in Washington D.C. celebrating the Union’s victory.
13 transcripts of oral history interviews and 1 index, 1970s-1980s, from the Texas Instruments Records Collection. These interviews were part of an effort to document the experiences of significant executives and contributors to Texas Instruments’ success.
135 Hardinge Bridge construction photographs and 4 album covers, 1911-1912, from Hardinge Bridge Construction, India. The photographs in Volume 1 and Volume 2 document the early process of the bridge’s construction in 1911 and 1912. These are part of a set of 11 albums. Already available online are Volumes 3-5, as well as 10 and 11.
10 folders of newsletters, 1969-2001, from the Tom Kayser collection on the Texas League. The Texas League Newsletters contain historical facts, statistics, game recaps, and players of the week. One of the newsletters also includes a letter written by the president of the Texas League, J. Doak Roberts.
8 drawings, 1872-1914, from the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works Records. Among these are erecting card drawings for Uintah, Atlantic & Birmingham, and Cututa railroads, among others, and a detail drawing of a smoke stack for Randsburg.